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From the Publisher"Fields and Johnston succeed in providing an accessible text that may appeal to the general public, and that is both enlightening and entertaining." — Anthony J.
Dellureficio, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Fields and Johnston offer a wild and colorful ride through genetics, popular culture, and medicine. Where else can one learn about a murder trial, a Wimbledon final, RitaHayworth, and gain-of function mutations? A lively, engaging read." — AlexanderJohnson, University of California, San Francisco
"For readers who seek a lucid and demystifying introduction to the complexities of human molecular genetics, this new entry by Fields and Johnston should go to the top of the list.
The writing is graceful and the basic concepts are presented in an engaging style." — TroyDuster, Silver Professor of Sociology, New York University
"This book is written in a very approachable style for the layperson wanting to know why there is so much interest in our genes. It provides a very accessible introduction to genetics and explains with well-chosen examples how genetics will affect our lives and its potential for benefit in the future." — Dame Kay Davies, Dr Lee's Professor ofAnatomy and director, MRC Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford
"With personal genetics kits now available online (and perhaps coming soon to your neighborhood drugstore), with Congress voting against genetic discrimination, and with genetics now influencing our therapies, we really need a book that engages the public in the genetics debate and gives scientists a handy companion in this vital dialogue. The signature personal stories in this book provide a remarkably fresh, engaging, and memorable experience." — GeorgeM. Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, and founder, Personal GenomeProject